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Jay Egolf announces run for county commission

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Local businessman and School Board member Jay Egolf will run for the county’s Board of Commissioners district 5 seat in next year’s primary election.

Egolf, 52, said his two terms on the school board had prepared him to serve on the Board of Commissioners.
“Serving on the Henderson County Board of Education for the last six years, I've won two elections and been the top vote-getter in 2022. This experience has given me an understanding of the county’s largest employer and the largest single item on our county’s yearly budget,” Egolf said Wednesday in a written statement announcing his candidacy.
He will face County Commissioner David Hill in the Republican primary in March for the board’s District 5 seat.
Egolf said he wants to use common sense to balance growth in the county.
“Judicious zoning and common-sense planning are essential to keep our county having balanced growth while keeping the natural beauty intact,” he said, noting that the county’s population has double since 1980 when he was a fifth-grader at a Hendersonville middle grade school that now serves as Hendersonville Elementary School.
Egolf, who owns the Egolf Ford, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge RAM dealership in Brevard, also touted his negating skills and his ability to find win-win situations. Egolf and his family also owned a car dealership in Hendersonville from 1972 until 2013.
“I'm great at negotiating and have been finding win-win situations for over 30 years,” Egolf said. “I have excellent working relationships with our current county commissioners as well as other city, municipal and other governing officials. This experience facilitates everyone working closer together and creating these win-win situations.”
Egolf has lived in Henderson County for more than 50 years. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children, Jace, Beck and Charlotte
He said he would love to speak with constituents in the area and included his contact information in his written announcement.
To reach Egolf, contact him at, or 828-243-3969.